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NYU Metro Center is guided by an executive director, a team of deputy executive directors, center and project directors, professional staff, and is supported by graduate students and consultants.

At A Glance


  • Female 78%
  • Male 20%
  • Non-Binary 2%


  • Black: 28%
  • White: 30%
  • Latinx: 26%
  • Asian:15%
  • Other: 2%

Education Level

  • Doctorate: 20%
  • Master's Degree: 41%
  • Bachelor's Degree: 22%
  • Other: 17%


David Kirkland

Vice Dean of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action; Executive Director of NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools; Associate Professor of English and Urban Education

Richard Gray

Director of the Center for Community Organizing & Engagement


Rachael "Keno" Moore

Space, Operations, and Facilities Administrator



Silvia Taylor

Senior Grants Manager-Post Award

Chauntenay Young

Junior Grants Administrator

Center, Program, and Project Leadership

Joshua Aronson

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Joanna Geller

Director of Policy, Research, and Evaluation

Matt Gonzales

Director, Integration and Innovation Initiative (i3)

Elise Harris

Assistant Director of Evaluation

Shabnam Javdani

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Aaron Lanou

Project Director, ASD Nest

Leah Q. Peoples

Assistant Director of Research-to-Practice Partnerships & Community Research

Marlene Roy

Project Lead, Metro Learning Communities

Patricia Ryan-Canedo

Director, 1199 Workforce 2000

Niobe Way

Professor of Applied Psychology

Ron Woo

Executive Director, Language RBERN

Natalie M. Zwerger (she/her)

Director, Center for Strategic Solutions

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